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Certified Addiction Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $35K per year on average. Pay generally varies between $24K and $48K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Certified Addiction Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. Most Certified Addiction Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,057 - $47,719
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $34,885
10%
50%
90%

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$10.65 - $23.78
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,057 - $47,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,618 - $48,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.65 - $23.78  
   
Overtime
$14.09 - $49.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$23,618 - $48,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

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Certified Addiction Counselors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Counseling and Group Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Group Therapy and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $34K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience report earning less ($32K) on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $43K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Counseling
up arrow 8%

Group Therapy
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 28%
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